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Posted in: AI beefs up veggie burgers as market booms See in context

I really prefer falafel and black bean burgers. I never saw the point of trying to make plants taste like meat, but I understand some people are really into it. I wish Japan had more variety of just bean-based or mushroom-based food, rather than all this over processed fake meat stuff. To each their own I suppose

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Posted in: Mister Donut becomes Mister Pizza? Japan’s favorite donut chain now sells pizza too See in context

That dough to sauce/toppings ratio is not good for me at all. I like my pizza heavy with stuff on it. I will pass, and save my money for a decent pizza.

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Posted in: Women hold only 5.9% of director-level jobs in Japanese gov't See in context

If Japanese companies actually want to welcome and include more women, they will need to change many things about their corporate culture. It would mean actively recruiting and headhunting women, offering female students internships, creating mentorship programs, making pregnancy harrassment or demotion have major consequences, being more flexible in terms of work hours, increasing the number of paid sick days for childcare, among other things they can do.

They simply do not care or do not want women as their equals enough to make some real changes. Actions speak louder than words, and in this case, their inaction is deafening.

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Posted in: Social isolation spreading in Japan See in context

I think the lack of social skills and friends in Japan starts pretty young. They are very over-scheduled at school, between their regular classes and homework, club activities, and cram school. They have very little time to just relax and be kids in a park playing together. Also, schools don't organize many social events like dances or parties. Their cultural festivals and summer festivals are great for kids to relax and enjoy, and when you talk to adults, some of their fondest memories are these special events. I assume because it's relaxed and not regimented like their everyday lives are.

Once they are out of their regimes, they have trouble making friends, striking up conversations naturally, being vulnerable with their boyfriends/girlfriends, etc. I think the change really needs to start young.

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Posted in: Swim caps for thick, curly hair not allowed at Olympics See in context

This was a stupid mistake from the IOC. These swim caps don't give the swimmers an unfair advantage, so I really don't get why they wouldn't be allowed. If anyone who wants to can wear them, then it should be fine.

I think the IOC is only looking at what the current rules say, and not what the swimmers need or want. It seems a pretty simple thing to change or allow.

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Posted in: Breastfeeding Olympians allowed to bring babies to Tokyo See in context

All these special exceptions for the Olympics, while the people living and working in Japan can still not get dependency visas for their husbands or children. It's just heartbreaking what we have been put through since December. When will they allow dependency visas again!?

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Posted in: How to live without too much effort See in context

This article might as well be titled, how to have a boring, unambitious life without ever challenging yourself or growing as a person. The author is totally disregarding the middle-ground approach, which is put effort into things that matter to you. You don't need to sell your soul to a company, and as many commenters have rightly pointed out, in 100 years no one will remember you and nothing you do will matter to the company. So, that's why you should figure out what is important to you (making art, raising a family, seeing nature, etc.) and put your efforts into the people and activities that you love. People who put 1% effort into raising their kids are the worst. Also, by challenging yourself, you learn and grow as a person and become more satisfied with what you have done with your life.

There's a middle, where you aren't stressed out every day and never sleep but you also aren't lazy and boring.

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Posted in: What are some movies whose bad science made them almost unwatchable for you? See in context

Lucy, with Scarlett Johansson. The whole premise is based on the idea that we only use 10%of our brains, which has been proven false time and time again. Such a stupid concept just ruined the whole movie for me, I couldn't get into it at all, even though some of the fight scenes were good.

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Posted in: Japanese Olympic Committee names first transgender member See in context

They really need to change the whole forced sterilization of transgender people law. It's just cruel and inhumane. I can't think of that being a stipulation for any other medical procedure. It's not even a punishment for rapists or murderers!

Especially considering Japan is always focused on their population and birth rate decline, you'd think this would be one of the first or easiest laws to fix.

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Posted in: Top court says laws requiring married couples to have same surname constitutional See in context

This is kind of unfair, considering if two foreigners marry in Japan, I don't believe the same rule applies to them. So, we have 2 different laws for 2 different groups of people in Japan.

If they want to promote gender equality, this would be an easy way to do it. But, there are dinosaurs in Japan, really deadset anything progressive. They preserve the status quo for the sake of the status quo, not what the people want or need.

I know the changing names paperwork is annoying, a name change can be a red flag for companies who don't want to hire married women because they don't want to deal with a possibility of maternity leave, and the paperwork to change your name back in case of divorce is also very complicated. This is a real unfortunate decision for people's ability to live a simple life.

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Posted in: Japanese sporting world welcomes having fans at Tokyo Olympics See in context

The title of this article should really be "The coronavirus and Japanese sporting world welcomes having fans at Tokyo Olympics" lol

All kidding aside, this is going to be a super spreader event. Good luck with that Tokyo, don't say we didn't warn you.

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Posted in: Health experts warn of Olympic COVID-19 threat; prefer no spectators See in context

So, if they allow half capacity or 10,000- whichever it is- what I want to know is, what is their plan for when an outbreak occurs with the fans? Will that effect spectators for other events at other venues? Or will that only affect events at that venue? Or will it not have any effect at all? Will they just wipe everything down, say shikata ga nai, and get ready for the next 10,000 spectators?

Also, will they require spectators to download all these tracking apps for 12 days, like they do with the media, athletes, coaches, and other people at the event? Will they actually do some contact and exposure tracing for the fans too?

Would spectators be required to submit negative PCR tests or vaccine cards before?

Where are any/all of the details!?

I mean, this idea has so many holes in it, might as well be a net.

I wish the Japanese press would ask some hardhitting questions, instead of just nodding and writing everything down, and just looking for their headlines.

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Posted in: African gang clears over ¥100 million in marriage scams before police lower the boom See in context

I know with children, you can limit their access to various sites and there are firewalls to protect them. Are their apps that the elderly can download warning them of fraud? Or something to monitor their messages? It seems like something like that is long overdo to be made. The elderly have a really hard time with these frauds when they don't have family around to them to help.

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Posted in: Why are Olympics going on despite public opposition, medical warnings? See in context

I used to enjoy watching the Olympics, but this blatant cash grab by the IOC and Japanese politicians was really soured me against it. Remember not to tune in when they broadcast it. That's where they will get most of their revenue from.

I don't think I'll be able to watch in the future, considering how terribly they've treated their host city and their lack of concern for the general public's health and safety. If I watched, I wouldn't be able to stop thinking about it and getting angry. How sad that another fun thing has been ruined.

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Posted in: Why doesn't Father's Day carry the same importance as Mother's Day? Or does it? See in context

Usually, a mother is a primary care giver for the first 5 years of life. Obviously, of course, there are exceptions to this, but generally speaking this is how most households are. The mother creates the baby's life from her own body, carrying the baby inside for 9 months, gives birth, feeds the baby with her own body, is often the first to wake up and change diapers, etc. Biologically, and psychologically, there is a strong connection made there during the first 5years of life. I'm not saying fathers don't provide care, of course they do, but generally speaking the mothers do most of it and biologically speaking there're things they simply can't. As children age, and their needs change, their moms are still the ones who they feel more comfortable going to, because of that solid, influential first 5 years.

That's just how I see it.

So, that's why in my opinion, Mother's Day is such a big deal, outside of the massive marketing campaigns.

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Posted in: Man on trial for murder of wife and 5 kids says he has no memory of it See in context

Wouldn't a lie detector test clear up if he has amnesia or not? They generally spike when someone is lying because their heartrate increases. So, if they can ask him specific questions about that night, and his heartbeat jumps all over the place, they'll know he's lying.

I think I remember that's one of the ways they caught that guy in Colorado who killed his pregnant wife and their 2 kids.

Anyways, what a real tragic story. RIP little angels, I'm sorry you had such a tragic end. This reminds me, if you are trying to leave your partner and there are kids, your number one priority is to get them to safety first before you divorce. You have absolutely no idea how someone will react to the news, especially if they have been unstable in the past.

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Posted in: Warning to athletes: Follow the rules at Tokyo Olympics, or else See in context

NBC, the American rights holder, is the single largest source of IOC income, representing about 40% of total income. It paid the IOC about $4.4 billion for four Olympics from 2014 through 2020, and $7.75 billion more for six games - 2022 through 2032.

Well, there you have-the real reason these Olympics are taking place. Ratings and money. I hope people's health and lives are worth it. I really don't know how Japan is going to bounce back from the tumultuous last few years-economically speaking. The everyday people here are some of the most kind, polite, patient, and hard working people I know. But the decisions of the politicians and IOC who don't care about them is just criminal at this point.

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Posted in: Crowdfunding opens on Japanese version of a gadget that makes any canned beer easier to drink See in context

Honestly, the type of person who can't drink a beer from a can and need it in a cup, are not people who are going to remember to pack this when they go out.

Also, how many uses do you get out of this? I bet after 6 months, the cutter part gets dull and there's no way to sharpen it again. Then it will be just one more piece of garbage.

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Posted in: Danny Elfman writes a solo album with 'venom' pouring out See in context

This is great news! It's amazing how the creative spirit can flourish even during such a tumultuous time. I for one, am very excited to hear the new album. I loved some of the Oingo Boingo songs, and all of the Nightmare Before Christmas songs. I'm really looking forward to it! What a great article to come across.

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Posted in: Tokyo to vaccinate 18,000 Olympics workers, volunteers See in context

On the one hand, it's good that they will get vaccinated because it's the best way to protect people from the coronavirus, and reduce the number of severe infections at this event that has the potential to be a massive super spreader event. I support as many people getting vaccines as possible.

On the other hand, what are the ethics of allowing people to jump the line like this, while so many people who desperately want the vaccine in Japan are not eligible yet? Just to hold the Olympics!? It's very disappointing behavior and in my opinion, unethical.

Also, where and when will these take place? Will it be at the Olympic village, or will they use one of the mass vaccination centers, reducing slots for the general public? Will they be fully vaccinated before the start of the Olympics, or will it be the same Japanese style if focus on everyone getting the first one first? A lot of details, as usual, hidden from public.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics: It's really about well-connected people burning up mountains of money See in context

It's good to see some actual numbers for this wasteful, dangerous cash grab. What they are making in a day is what most people live on for a month, more than really! The Olympics are just such blatant greed at this point. I feel terrible for the athletes, who train so hard for such a corrupted event.

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Posted in: 4th member of Cuban baseball delegation defects to U.S. See in context

I love the Cubans I have met, but I feel so bad for them, it's a really hard life for them over there. Not only do they have the horrible USA blockade to deal with, but they also have their own government not helping them when they can but taking all the credit and glory if they do the bare minimum. A doctor can make less money than a taxi driver. The people remain so cheerful, friendly and kind in the face of power shortages, food shortages, hurricanes, lack of money or government support, and now coronavirus. I have so much respect for their resilience. At the same time, I cannot blame any Cubans for defecting! It is such a hard life.

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Posted in: LGBTQ groups, supporters rally in Tokyo for equal rights See in context

They already tried to go the governmental route. They had meetings, submitted bills, the bills were edited, there were discriminatory and prejudged remarks made, the bills were edited again, more meetings, and the LDP said they will shelve decisions until after the Olympics. However, everyone knows that once the international eyes are off Japan after the Olympics, the bill will most likely be shelved indefinitely and it will be harder and slower to make progress. And, also how many meetings and edits to a bill do you need to give people basic civil rights.

So, if they don't make progress with the government in a more formalized way, then people will go into the streets. You might not like it, but it is just one more way to put pressure onto the LDP to actually do something simple, such as passing anti-discrimination laws.

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Posted in: LGBTQ groups, supporters rally in Tokyo for equal rights See in context


Just because they aren't treated as badly in other countries doesn't they don't have discrimination and problems. For example, trans-people are forced to be sterilized before they transition. As was mentioned in the article, people are harassed at work and school to the point where they don't feel comfortable going and stop. I personally have known at least 4 gay couples who have left Japan (Japanese and foreigner couples) permanently because they can't live their lives openly. I know woman whose son is half and gay, and he dropped out of high school because of it. People need anti-discrimination laws to protect them, even if it isn't as extreme as Russia or Indonesia.

Also, just because you don't see it everyday and it's not in your face, doesn't mean it's not happening. Especially in Japan where the pressure to conform is immense, and subtlety is everything. There are many things and nuances and subtlety in Japan that go over my head, but for Japanese people it is like very loud and obvious. If you were getting harassed everyday and no one cared, you might quit your job and protest in the streets too. Don't judge people unless you've walked in their shoes.

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Posted in: LGBTQ groups, supporters rally in Tokyo for equal rights See in context

They need equality and anti-discrimination laws. If this comment section is any reflection of the attitudes of people in Japan, then there are a lot of stereotypes and misinformation out there. LGBTQ community members are often discriminated against, and need help and protection. You might not like their clothing, music, they way they dance or hold their hands, but that doesn't in any way make it ok to discriminate against them. If I met you in real life, I might not like your clothes, hair, hands, or way you dance but that doesn't give me the right to harass you so much you quit a job or say you go against a biological basis (as was mentioned in the article).

I notice how everyone who is against the equality bill nitpicks the people, and doesn't talk about the real problems they are facing. How is forced sterilization of trans people ok? How is denying them apartments or harrassment at work ok? If there are laws against sexual harrassment, pregnancy harrassment, disabled harrassment, and more why not add LGBTQ people?

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Posted in: Japan LGBTQ activists push for equality law before Olympics See in context

I sincerely hope they're able to pass something, especially it would be nice during pride month.

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Posted in: Japan births hit new record low in 2020 See in context

Another thing is that gynecologists in Japan are mostly elderly men. It is really hard for young women to open up to them and ask embarrassing questions about reproduction, women's health, birth control, etc. Not to mention most maternity hospitals don't offer any pain medication during birth. So, the medical care for women really, really needs to be improved too.

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Posted in: Japan births hit new record low in 2020 See in context

I really think the Japanese need more free time to just rest, relax, and really open up and connect with each other. They're so overscheduled by work, school, club activities, family obligations, etc that they don't get much down time. I knew a woman about 35, she only saw her boyfriend twice a month! How can you expect a couple to feel close and connected with such little contact?

Not to mention, they don't have a culture of inviting people over to their houses spontaneously, so hard for romance to develop naturally in private, in a comfortable setting.

Lastly, they approach dating with such a heavy handed, serious, marriage focused approach that there's little room for a romance and connection to gradually develop and for people to connect intimately. Couples generally decide to have kids when they feel ready to, as individuals and as a couple, not because they want to save the Japanese economy lol. They usually feel ready to when they know their partner well, have had lots of conversations about all kinds of things, and have made some financial considerations too. This isn't to say that happy accidents don't happen after a crazy night, but more generally speaking I think most couples who plan, plan it in this way. And I really think it's impossible to think, plan, and feel close if you don't have time together. Smartphone messages are nice but just can't compensate for direct communication, one on one.

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Posted in: Japanese companies opening vaccination sites amid slow national rollout See in context

Great! The more people getting the vaccines, the sooner we get out of these endless cycles of SoE opens, SoE is extended, SoR closes, SoE opens again, rinse repeat.

I hope more universities get on board too, I read recently there are some unis planning to vaccinate also.

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Posted in: 10,000 Tokyo Olympic volunteers have now pulled out: organizers See in context

10,000 people are smart and have good self preservation instincts!

The fewer people who go to, support, or watch this mess the better.

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